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The Windsors / Re: Royal Interiors, Part II
« on: January 27, 2011, 09:31:21 AM »
If I were King and had to live at BP, I'd have blocked off both ends of that corridor long ago and granted access only to family and personal staff.  Everyone else could jolly well go around the south (household) corridor, or travel from east to west on a lower floor.

Me, too.

But that raises a question: how much authority do the Royals have to alter or renovate the official residences? Can the Queen rearrange the furniture in her sitting room on her own initiative? What about the furniture in a state room? Could they close a corridor as you suggest or do they have to apply to the Royal Household Property Agency? I suppose financing the changes would be an issue.

BeNeLux Royalty / Re: BeNeLux Royal Palaces
« on: December 22, 2010, 09:24:49 AM »
Is there a way to increase the size of the plans?

The Hohenzollern / Re: The Kings of Saxony in XVIII-end XIX cent.
« on: November 06, 2010, 06:29:43 AM »
Did the Saxon royals get any of their property back after reunification?

As far as I can see they got mobiliary and cash worth 13 million €, but so far no immobile property, not even Wachwitz Castle in Dresden, which they built after the Revolution of 1918!, because there is a law that says that only property expropriated by the GDR/DDR must be returned, not propery expropriated by the Occupying Forces (in this case the Soviet Union) during the years 1945-1949. And apparently this applies to the RF's properties, which before the war even included the massive Moritzburg Castle, famous from the East German-Czechoslovakian co-produced fairytale movie "Tři oříšky pro Popelku", Three Nuts for Cinderella.

Why would the German law limit compensation to the DDR regime and exclude expropriations by the occupying powers? Was there a legal reason for this?

Also, when the Royals fled at the end of WW2, did they have financial resources to rely on, maybe in Switzerland?

The Habsburgs / Habsburg Security
« on: November 06, 2010, 06:26:20 AM »
Does anyone know how security was provided for the Imperial and Royal family in the last years of the Dual Monarchy? Was it simply military or was there some sort of intelligence or police force also acting as security?

The Windsors / Re: Royal Interiors, Part II
« on: November 05, 2010, 02:41:46 PM »
Great photos. I, too, like fireplaces. Glad to see Charles has not caved in to the big screen TV craze. Now, I wonder what William and Harry's rooms are like? They have their own apartments now at St. James, right?

Did the Saxon royals get any of their property back after reunification?

The Hohenzollern / Re: The Grand Ducal family of Oldenburg
« on: August 15, 2010, 07:20:15 AM »
What is the palace used for nowadays? A museum? What properties did the family keep after the revolution?

The Hohenzollern / Re: German Royal Palaces, Castles and Homes
« on: June 08, 2010, 08:23:27 AM »
The Hohenzollern family owns two castles in what is now Baden-Wurttemburg: Schloss Hohenzollern and Schloss Sigmaringen. After the revolution the family was given the right to make limited use of Schloss Cecilienhoff in Potsdam and the Alte Schloss in Berlin. Such occupancy rights ended after the second world war. The palaces today are mainly museums or serve other public functions.

Some of the other German royal families did manage to keep their castles and still have them today.

The Hohenzollern / Re: Kaiser Wilhelm II
« on: May 12, 2010, 09:25:18 AM »
A few odds and ends. I've always understood that -

he crossed the border alone;
he was often jeered by crowds outside his house at Doorn;
he seldom (if ever) left his estate except when he followed Donna's casket to the border;
there were no attempts on his life (which I find surprising);
there was no attempt by the Allies to kidnap him (they probably really didn't want a trial);
he was offered asylum in the UK by Churchill when the Nazis invaded and almost said yes.

Are these correct?

The Hohenzollern / Re: The Grand Ducal family of Oldenburg
« on: April 17, 2010, 10:06:56 AM »
Which of the former Grand Ducal homes does the Oldenburg family continue to retain? I know the palaces in Oldenburg itself were lost? What about Rastede?

The Windsors / Re: Osborne House Floor Plans
« on: April 16, 2010, 08:37:44 AM »
Is it possible for one to enlarge the floor plans on one's computer screen?

Do they actually live at Glucksburg or do they run it as a museum and hotel?

What about Schloss Glucksburg? Isn't that the pretty water castle in Schleswig? Who owns it now?

The Hohenzollern / Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
« on: March 17, 2010, 01:05:06 PM »
Friedrich Wilhelm Prinz von Preußen wrote a book entitled "Das Haus Hohenzollern 1918-1945." Has anyone read it? Is it worth buying? Is there an English translation? Thanks!

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